• Yona Diamond Dansky

    Yona Diamond Dansky: Educator, Writer and Illustrator

    Yona Diamond Dansky is a Philadelphia based writer, artist, lifelong educator, mother and grandmother with many stories to share. Moshu Worries , Yona’s first children’s book, draws upon her three-year-old grandson’s journey when Yona’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer. I approached Yona for an interview because this is the book I wish my child had when I was diagnosed with a blood cancer.  Most adults struggle to get their heads around a cancer diagnosis, so you can imagine how hard it is for children.  How do you explain that a parent’s sudden hair loss, lack of energy and absence from the house for long periods of time? “When Mom gets a serious illness,…

  • Profile,  Sarah Mokrzycki

    Q&A with Sarah Mokrzycki – Writer, Researcher and Artist

    I met Sarah Mokryzcki at the postgrad AAWP workshop. Sarah sat a few seats away from me and during a coffee break, we struck up a conversation about Melbourne, where she is based, and about her foster children who inspired her research. I have always been in awe of foster parents because all the ones I know are these amazingly generous people who have unquantifiable amounts of love to give to the vulnerable children who need safe homes.  This multitalented woman is also an excellent public speaker. Who are you?  I’m a writer, researcher and artist living in Melbourne. I’ve been a foster carer since 2014, and this has shaped…